Introducing sculpting with wool

Mhairi is great at making things. This year she has started producing life-like animals out of the process of felting wool. I am blown away by how lovely they are. We have several around the house now and they are so life-like they almost take on personalities.

Range of felted animals including a fox, sheep , dogs and hares.

Here is a growing collection of felted animals enjoying a crisp winter day on our window ledge. ©Mhairi Carroll

These are not easy to do and each one takes between 7 and 10 hours to produce.  Mhairi has paid particular attention to getting the dimensions correct as well as the facial features. The two border terriers in the front are virtual mini versions of our own two Borders.

Tow felt sculptures of border terriers standing together on part of a log.

Two Border Terriers in felt creation by Mhairi ©Mhairi Carroll

Dougal and Dillon, our pet Borders, sat staring at these for a while. I would love to know what they were thinking looking at these minute versions of their breed of dog.

The process involves using a barbed needle and 100% wool fibre and through the felting process i.e. pushing the needle in and out of the wool to knit the fibres together, combining wool of different colours to give realistic variations in the coat of the animal  and shaping parts around a wire frame.

Its a craft which is hugely popular in Japan and the USA. Some artists are able to offer a portrait service to pet owners where their felt creation is indistinguishable to the real thing.

The range of animals Mhairi can do is growing. The other characters so far include sheep, foxes and hares. Enough to get a farm collection going.

A white sheep with a black face made from felt sitting on a window sill.

Felted sheep with black face. ©Mhairi Carroll

Three felted foxes in a group. Two are at the back standing on a log.

Family of three felted foxes. ©Mhairi Carroll

The Hare is a popular animal in the felted world. When looking on the internet for felted animals the Hare seems appear more than others: one winning a national arts and craft competition. Here is one of ours from the window ledge.

A felted Hare sitting on a small log.

One of the felted Hares. ©Mhairi Carroll So we welcome your feedback and suggestions of favourite animals.

They can rage in size from ten to twenty centimetres.

This is the start of diverging from a largely photography driven blog and website. We hope you enjoy the photographs though. Mhairi would appreciate any feedback on the animals as she is thinking of producing them for sale. We are also keen to explore art and craft in the widest sense to combine our love of the outdoors in Scotland with a variety of ways of representing it visually.

The picture below is the same as the opening one but if you look at the back you can see Mhairi’s felting block and tools.

Range of felted animals (foxes,sheep,dogs,hares) and the  tools and material at the back, which consists of a sponge pad and a needle holder that allows three needles to felt the wool at a the.

Felted animal farm with the tools to make them. ©Mhairi Carroll

About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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